NEWS RELEASE: NCSG Launches New Chimney Professional Certification Program

Ankeny, Iowa — The National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) has officially launched the new Chimney Professional Certification Program. Chimney sweeps can become a Certified Chimney Professional (CCP), Certified Chimney Reliner (CCR) and Certified Chimney Journeyman (CCJ) beginning today.

The new and enhanced certifications were developed over the past year with the input of nearly 600 chimney sweeps following rigorous international standards. NCSG has worked transparently with the industry to ensure the tasks, knowledge and skills demonstrated by passing the CCP, CCR and CCJ exams recognize the credibility of the certified chimney professional. 

“This is an exciting moment for NCSG member businesses,” says Tom Hunkele, NCSG President. “The new CCP, CCR and new CCJ credentials represent the experience and milestones that we, as business owners, need our employees to achieve.

“I want to thank the many sweeps that offered input into this robust credential. This is your certification, and I believe you’ll be impressed with the content, quality and authentic spirit in which it was developed.” 

The CCP, CCR and CCJ credentials are all preliminarily approved for ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, an internationally recognized certification accreditation program. NCSG is offering a discounted registration fee of $149 to the first 60 candidates who attempt the exam. Candidates who pass the exam will be certified in their respective credentials and inherit the added status at the time NCSG earns accreditation.

The new Chimney Professional certifications are available online or in person, including at the upcoming NCSG Convention. Interested sweeps and member businesses may learn more about the program, register for exams and take advantage of limited pricing at

About NCSG

Founded in 1977, the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) is a 501 (c) (6) non-profit trade association that promotes the success of chimney and venting businesses. Our member businesses and chimney professionals benefit from industry-leading certification programs, events, education and advocacy initiatives.

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